Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna NiequistPresent Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

byShauna Niequist

Paperback | August 9, 2016

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Instead of pushing for perfection

A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.

Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.

Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild and silly and darling boys, Henry and Mac. They live outside Chicago, where Aaron leads The Practice and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Shauna also writes for the Storyline Blog, and for I...
Title:Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of LivingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310346711

ISBN - 13:9780310346715

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Meaningful! As someone who can get caught up in the act of perfectionism and the frantic lifestyle, I really took away a lot from the content of this book. If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, this book may be a helpful tool for change. Although the author and I live drastically different lifestyles, I can relate to her struggles as well as the desires she has for her life. This book was a good reminder to refocus on what my priorities are in life and I found her stories profoundly relatable. I think it’s too easy to over complicate our basic wants and needs and the importance often lies in the simplistic. I think this book will be important to some and not as important to others. It depends on your current season and possibly how receptive you are to the information. Change is hard, especially with habits that are deeply ingrained. For me, I know that I will be trying to put some of her suggestions into action and that this book will be a necessary reminder in the future when/if I get off track.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not getting anywhere Maybe it's because I had high hopes for this book because of the title... I thought I was gonna get some help on how to overcome perfection and be more present. Instead, I read a book where every chapter felt like they had the same conclusion. The author writes about her life story and it seems like she's pretty much repeating the same stories over and over. I loved the beginning but couldn't wait to finish it as it became very repetitive and it wasn't going anywhere new.
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Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes! This book is a great reminder that being present in the lives of our family and friends is more important than having everything be perfect. If we get so busy and to wrapped up to notice those around us, our lives don't mean a lot. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Primarily a Christian book, not a lifestyle book Despite the one reference to prayer in the description above, there was very little mention in the buzz about this book of the overarching religious focus that it has. This is not a lifestyle book about pursuing a simple life; it is a lifestyle book about slowing down, living in God's grace, and focusing on his purpose for your life. Which is fine! If that's what your looking for. If you want a secular book about making purposeful choices about prioritizing what matters to you most, this is not the book for you.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a powerful book Such an amazing book -- will be reading it over and over again and still finding lines of gems inside. Shauna is a great writer and this message is one that all need to read and hear. I wanted to buy a copy for every person in my life who would maybe have a similar experience of needing to choose present over perfect.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an Encouragement As someone who struggles to slow down and live in the present this was a much needed read.
Date published: 2017-03-06
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Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh The Lessons I Have Learned Shauna's life lessons have spilled over into my life. Inspired by this book I have made it my intention to seek to disappoint my inner circle as little as possible. My copy is currently being passed around my neighborhood. So good!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Shauna's books are pure gold. I wish she had 200 for us to buy. Favourite author! This one is great. I love how she talks about slowing down and living life in our frantic, chaotic culture. Cheers!
Date published: 2017-02-22
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Date published: 2017-02-16
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Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this book I absolutely LOVED this book. Makes you think to sit back and enjoy life.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another gem from a favourite author Niequist is one of my all time favourite authors because of books like this - part memoir, part self help, this collection of essays is enlightening, honest, and inspiring. If you feel overwhelmed by the world, and the expectations weighing you down, read this! It's a permission slip to slow down and enjoy the things in life that mean the most. #plumreview
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Shauna has a was of writing like she knows just what you need to hear. You will feel like you're best friends by the end.
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